Ishita Chatterjee

Dr, BSc Presidency, MPhil IGIDR, MA JNU, PhD Monash

  • The University of Western Australia (M251), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ishita Chatterjee joined the Economics Program at the UWA Business School in 2010 after completing her PhD from Monash University. She is an applied microeconomist with interest in industrial organisation, institutional economics, labour economics, demographic and development economics. Her current research focuses on human capital development and wellbeing of women and children.

Roles and responsibilities

Ishita is a member of the UWA Coursework Scholarships Committee 2023-2025; She is also a member of the UWA Business School Education Committe and the UWA Board of Studies (Management and Commerce) since 2022.

She serves as a Moderator of Examinations and Marking for Economics units for the University of Western Australia Foundation Program offered by the Taylor’s College, Perth, WA, Jun 2010 onwards.

She served on the UWA Business School Research Committee 2014-2018 and was a committee member of the WA branch of the Economic Society of Australia, Nov 2011- March 2015, March 2017- August 2020.

She regularly acts as reviewer for international journals and has reviewed for several undergraduate economics textbooks.

She is an Honorary Fellow at the AustraliaIndia Institute at UWA.


Applied Microeconomics
Industrial Organisation
Development Economics

Current projects

"Crime and corruption" with Rajabrata Banerjee, University of South Australia, Australia.

"Investment in Public Schools and the Political Process in India", with Marie-Claire Robitaille, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA and Mr Adnan Fakir, University of Sussex, UK.

“Power of Contraception in Australia”, with Randall Cragun, Department of Economics and Finance, Niagara University, New York, USA.

“The Effect of Ambient Air Pollution on Altruistic Behaviour: Field Experiment Evidence from China and India”, with Simon Chang, UWA, and Yu Li, China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, CHINA.

"Degree recognition, network quality and the labour market outcomes of migrants", with Chris Parsons, UWA.

“Informal Sector in India – A Study of Labour Market Corruption”, with Ranjan Ray, Monash University, Australia and Seema Sangita, KREA University, Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. 

Funding overview

2022 UWA Futures Fund Small Grants

2022 UWA Research Collaboration Award

2021 UWA Futures Fund Small Grants
2017 UWA Business School & BHP Billiton Distinguished Research Awards
2014 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA
2011 UWA Business School Research Development Award, UWA

Teaching overview


ECON5540 Economic Analysis and Policy, 2018-2023.

ECON5541 Economics for Business, Applications and Policy, 2011-2017.


ECON2245 Business Economics, 2022 -->

ECON3235 International Trade, 2021-->

ECON2233 Microeconomics, Policy and Applications, 2012 -2021.

ECON1102 Macroeconomics, Money and Finance, 2011-2014, 2017.

PhD Supervision at UWA

Dr Devika Bhatia (2023; principal and coordinating supervisor)

Dr Taufan Pamungkas Kurnianto (2023; co-supervisor)

Dr Adnan Fakir (2022; principal and coordinating supervisor)

Dr Niluka Perera Ekanayake (2022; co-supervisor)

Dr Troy S Barry (2019; coordinating supervisor)

Honours and Masters Supervision at UWA

Completed (Honours) -

T Leckie and K Shine (2023); L Richardson (2022); A Talero Solorza (2020); A Thompson, S Reed and K Jeffery (2018); V K R Busireddy (2017); M Nelmes (2016); B Mifflin, A Phillimore and B Ong (2015); J Lim and L Tait (2014); C Buckley (2011).

Completed (Masters) -

H Katsamakis (2022); E Foley (2021); J Fan (2017); A H Pathiranage and C S K Koralalage (2016); Z Khan (2015).


English (Fluent), Bengali (Native), Hindi (Spoken)

Previous positions

Tutor, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia,2007-2009
Research Assistant, Monash Uni, VIC, Australia, 2006-2010
Data Analyst, Evalueserve Private Limited, India, 2005-2006

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Competition, Commericial Piracy and Innovation, Monash University (Australia)

Apr 2006Jan 2010

Award Date: 3 May 2010

M.Phil, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research


Award Date: 11 Dec 2006

MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University


Award Date: 3 Oct 2002

BSc, Presidency University, Kolkata


Award Date: 16 Mar 2000

Research expertise keywords

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Development Economics
  • Crime And Corruption
  • Family And Institutional Economics
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Wellbeing
  • Labour Economics
  • Institutions
  • Demographic Economics
  • Human Capital
  • Gender
  • Education and development


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